- Published 17 Apr 2014
I once gave a gospel lecture in Zurich. Every time I went to the lecture hall in the convention center, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this cosmopolitan city. It is as if all the splendor of the world is spread out between the great sea and the green mountains. And the magnificent great hall in the beautiful convention center harmonizes with this great city.
But apparently all the beauty and all the riches of such a city cannot satiate the heart of man. That is why many people came streaming in to hear the gospel.
- Published 16 Apr 2014
During their last evening together, Jesus revealed deep truths to His disciples. They would understand and experience the importance and far-reaching impact of these teachings only much later. One of these priceless truths was the ordinance of footwashing.
Once again, the Jews gathered to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus and His disciples met in a large upstairs room to eat the Passover meal. Just as He had done so often in the past few days, Jesus spoke of His suffering and death. It was, after all, the last Passover Jesus would spend with His disciples. Jesus shared many warnings and much good advice with His disciples on this occasion. He particularly emphasized the relative positions of the disciples.
- Published 14 Apr 2014
When John the Baptist spoke about Jesus, he said: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, ... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11). Here we see the promise of a baptism of Spirit and fire. Jesus also preached repentance (please read Matthew 4:17) and baptized with water (John 3:22, 26; 4:1-2). Just before He ascended into heaven, He said to His disciples: "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:5).
- Published 07 Apr 2014
According to the Bible, our redemption, forgiveness of sin, and salvation hinge on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus had died on the cross but remained in the grave, His death would have no redeeming power. The apostle Paul clearly states in 1 Corinthians 15:17: "And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!"
- Published 03 Mar 2014
Many readers of the Scripture have come to the Book of Revelation and wondered if it was a locked treasure chest. They sensed that it contained something very valuable, but opening “the chest” seemed difficult if not impossible. However, when we apply diligent and prayerful study to this last book of the Bible, we will most certainly be granted access to its rich blessings.
While reading the first chapter of the Revelation, I was inspired to devote more attention to this book. The first verse clearly states that the book was written to give “His servants” more knowledge. This book is intended for us as believers. The third verse tells us, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear.” We are encouraged to read and listen. Therefore, the book of Revelation should also be preached to us.